Last updated on February 6th, 2024 at 06:08 am

Griha Pravesh is one of the joyful times in someone’s life as they are about to start a new journey in their new home. People take care of many things to make this new beginning an auspicious one. While there is no better way than having a Griha Pravesh puja for homecoming, the puja cannot be performed on any day.

The date, day, time, month, and all the other things must satisfy the puja so that Griha Pravesh can be done. Since we are about to say goodbye to Uttarayanand enter the Dakshinayan phase of the year, it is a must to know whether this time of the year suits Griha Pravesh.

We are sharing all the details below on Dakshinayan and whether you can do Griha Pravesh puja during this time or not. So, brace yourself to enter the world of the Hindi lunar calendar and check whether the sun’s position is suitable for auspicious tasks.

What is Uttarayan?

In Hindu mythology, it is believed that this is the time of the year when ‘Devs’ or gods and demi-gods wake up from their sleep. Therefore, Dev Deepawali is celebrated on this occasion. According to the Hindi lunar calendar, this is the time when the sun moves towards the ‘Uttar’ or northern hemisphere.

That is why it is considered one of the most auspicious times, mainly to perform special rituals and hold important pujas. The Uttarayan time of the year starts on 14th January, i.e., Makar Sankranti, and goes on for almost 6 months. Uttarayan covers half of the year’s winter, spring, and summer seasons.

What is Dakshinayan?

Dakshinayan is the complete opposite of Uttarayan, but that doesn’t mean it is inauspicious. During the Dakshinayan time of the year, it is said that the ‘Devs’ or gods go back to sleep. It begins on ‘Karkada Sakaranti,’ usually mid-June or early July.

According to the Hindi lunar calendar and the sun’s position, the sun transitions in its location and moves towards the ‘Dakshin’ or south hemisphere. This doesn’t mark the inauspiciousness or negativity in the atmosphere. However, it is suggested to hold the celebrations for some time if possible.

Just like Uttarayan, Dakshinayan also lasts 6 months and covers the monsoon, autumn, and most of the winter season.

These two cycles of the sun repeat themselves after every 6 months. It is also a fact that during the Dakshinayan period, nights are longer than days, while in Uttarayana, days are longer than nights. But this much information is not enough to know whether having a Griha Pravesh Puja during Dakshinayan is auspicious or not. Let us know some more facts before concluding our research.

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When is Dakshinayan 2024?

In 2024, Dakshinayan is falling on Wednesday, 21st June. During this time, the sun will transit in Capricorn, and the period of Dakshinayan will continue for 6 months till Makar Sakranti in January 2024. After that, the sun will again transit towards the northern hemisphere, and the Dakshinayan period will end. The Uttarayana period will then continue for another 6 months, and the cycle will keep repeating itself as it has been happening for ages.

Can we perform Griha Pravesh Puja be during Dakshinayan?

There is no significant harm in performing Griha Pravesh Puja during Dakshinayan if you do it with proper care and instructions from the priest or Pandit Ji. BUT it is HIGHLY recommended to avoid it if you can. Dakshinayna is not an inauspicious time of the year, but a few things should be avoided during Dakshinayna, and Griha Pravesh Puja is one of them. We do weddings, celebrate festivals, and buy multiple luxury and expensive items between June to December, the time of Dakshinayan.

But just like everything has its dos and don’ts, Dakshinayan has its fair share of don’ts too. And Griha Pravesh is one of them. It is highly suggested by great saints and priests that Griha Pravesh Puja should be done during the Uttarayana period.

But if you cannot wait until Uttarayana to perform the auspicious Griha Pravesh puja of your new home, in that case, you can choose one of the auspicious dates of Griha Pravesh during Dakshinayan from the dates mentioned below.

Auspicious dates for Griha Pravesh during Dakshinayan

Talking about Shubh Muhurat for Griha Pravesh during Dakshinayan 2024, there are no auspicious dates for Griha Pravesh Puja from June 21st to 16th November 2024. But there are many dates for Girha Pravesh Puja in 2024 during Dakshinayan in November and December that you must know.

Here is a table for all the details regarding Shubh Muhurat for Griha Pravesh during Dakshinayan 2024:

17th November 2024FridayUttara AshadhaFrom 01:17 am to 06:46 am (Next day)
22nd November 2024WednesdayUttara BhadrapadaFrom 06:37 pm to 06:50 am (Next day)
23rd November 2024ThursdayUttara Bhadrapada and RevatiFrom 06:50 am to 09:01 pm
27th November 2024MondayRohiniFrom 02:45 pm to 06:54 am
29th November 2024WednesdayMrigashirshFrom 06:54 am to 01:59 pm
8th December 2024FridayChitraFrom 08:54 am to 06:31 am (Next day)
15th December 2024FridayUttara AshadhaFrom 08:10 am to 10:30 pm
23rd December 2024ThursdayRevatiFrom 09:37 am to 10:09 pm

If it is too urgent for you to have a Griha Pravesh Puja in 2024 and you cannot wait until Uttarayna, then the dates mentioned above can work for you. But remember to get these dates confirmed by an experienced Pandit Ji.

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Dos and don’ts while performing Griha Pravesh Puja during Dakshinayan

To be on the safer side, especially with something as important as homecoming puja, one needs to know all the do’s and don’ts. And since you are planning to perform the Griha Pravesh Puja during Dakshinayan, a time that is less preferred over Uttarayna, you must know what must be avoided.

Here are some tips and tricks on what should be done to have an auspicious celebration for your housewarming puja:

  1. Do not be in a hurry to perform the puja. If the auspicious date is gone and the next date is too far, it is always a safe and best option to wait for the next auspicious date to arrive.
  2. In any case, always take advice from a knowledgeable and experienced Pandit Ji. Having an expert by your side during the important puja is like having a guardian angel who will warn you against all odds.
  3. If you are in a hurry to perform the Griha Pravesh Puja, but your home will be completed during the Dakshinayan time of the year, you can perform the puja a bit early. This means you can perform the proper Griha Pravesh Puja with all the rituals and traditions and with full celebration when your home is halfway through construction. Then, when it is fully completed, you can have a small puja for the blessings and positivity and enter your home afterward. You can confirm it with your family priest as well.
  4. Remember, Dakshinayan is not an inauspicious time. It is just less auspicious than Uttarayan when Griha Pravesh Puja is concerned. So, if you have already done your Griha Pravesh Puja during Dakshinayan or have prepared for it and cannot cancel it now, don’t get discouraged. If you do everything according to the ‘vidhi,’ you, your family, and your new house will be absolutely safe.


We don’t often build or buy new houses, so we don’t often get the opportunity to perform a Griha Pravesh Puja in our lives. So, this highly auspicious puja becomes important for multiple reasons.

Hence, one must be careful while performing Griha Pravesh Puja for their home. The same goes for Puja to open a new office. Our lives depend too much on our homes and offices, so being extra careful is always appreciated.

And just like we mentioned, the Uttarayana time comes back after every six months. You can wait a bit and do extra work in your home, like selecting the latest kitchen countertop designs or wall panel designs, until the right time for Griha Pravesh is here.

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Anishka Luthra